Torquay United boss Paul Cox ready to axe players

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Paul Cox
Paul Cox replaced Chris Hargeaves as Torquay manager in the summer

Torquay United manager Paul Cox says a number of his squad could leave the club as he tries to free up finances.

Cox, who joined Torquay in the summer, has made 15 signings as the club adapts to a reduced budget after a takeover.

"I haven't got the money to bring anybody else in, so for that to happen players have to leave the football club," Cox told BBC Sport.

"I want to take this club forward. For that to happen I've got to make some horrible, massive decisions on people."

Cox has agreed in principle with AFC Bournemouth to extend the loans of Joe Quigley and Josh Carmichael, and has already sent striker Ashley Yeoman out on loan to Truro City.

"What the 11 lack at the minute is severe competition," Cox added.

"We've got some very good players, but I think you need somebody breathing down your neck to perform week in, week out, to the best of your ability.

"At the minute we haven't got that and I think subconsciously you can relax a little bit."

"We need to shorten the squad, but add more quality in different positions and I think we'll getting the desired effect from individuals."

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